I had cold feet about getting up for my run – mainly laziness. But the weather was hotting up, so after much faffing I finally got out. What a glorious October morning, 18 degrees, sunny, no breeze and very little traffic around.
The usual long run route from home to the coffee shop, taking in the delights of Mill Lane, Lovers’ Lane, The Hill That Kills, Bendy Scary Road, Royston Vasey, Fish Shop Village and Bin Lane.
At Bali, I spotted the roses basking in the morning sun, and they were beautifully fragranced too. Summer’s last rays of sunshine encouraging the late flowering. This was quite prophetic for my run, as I was a little slow on my feet at this point, I think the September reduced runs are having an impact and I’m a little less used to doing longer distances. Still October will get me back on track. The downside of the sun, is that the pesky biting insects are around and I’m nursing two bites on my legs which line up perfectly with my capri seams. It’s not an elegant run when I have to stop for a scratch and hope that no-one sees me.
Onto Royston Vasey and I smiled when I saw the hot water bottle cover on the washing line – at this point it was about 20 degrees and it seemed really incongruous, given I was boiling hot and rolling up my capris to cool down somewhat.
At the 6km mark, the late flowering came into effect personally and I managed two kilometres at under 5.50 pace, which is quite a rate for me, especially in the sun. Eminem and ‘Lose Yourself’ did help as it’s one of my favourite running tracks, then All Saints made an appearance with ‘Never Ever’ which also kept me trotting along nicely. Of course this pace wasn’t sustainable, but it’s the first time in a while I’ve done sub 6 minutes per km.
Bin Lane came into view and I had to slow down, but another 10km clocked on the challenge, on a day that started with cold feet and ended up with a happy hot runner.
Ju-Ju’s 90’s Playlist
Get Here – Oleta Adams
Don’t Need The Sunshine – Catatonia
Say My Name – Destiny’s Child
Lose Yourself – Eminem
Never, Ever – All Saints
Love Is All Around – The Wets
Barbie Girl – Aqua
Believe – Cher
Wannabe – Spice Girls
Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
The Power – SNAP!
Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio
Move Any Mountain, Ebeneezer Goode – The Shamen
I See You Baby – Groove Armada
Devotion – Nomad
The Key, The Secret – Urban Cookie Crew
Everybody’s Free – Rozalla
Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
Dub Be Good To Me – Beats International
Average Pace 6:30
Elevation Gain 47 metres
Kms Run 1639.75
Kms to Run 378.25